Length: 3 Days
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MIDS JTRS Systems Engineering Course

MIDS JTRS Systems Engineering Course is  a 3-day intensive course provide MIDS JTRS engineering, advanced Link 16 topics, Link 16 modernization, advanced cryptos and other principles and practices to optimize Link 16 and TDL performance. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS)  is a family of software-programmable and hardware‑configurable digital radios intended to provide increased interoperability, flexibility, and adaptability to
support numerous tactical communications requirements.

A Core Framework, providing a standard operating environment, must be implemented on every hardware set. Interoperability among radio sets is increased because the same waveform software can be easily ported to all radios. A waveform is the entire set of radio and/or communications functions that occur from the user input to the radio frequency output and vice versa. JTRS waveform implementation consists of a Waveform Application Code, Radio Set Devices and Radio System Applications.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course participants must:

  • Describe the key Link 16 concepts, features ad function
  • Identify the motivating factors behind Link 16 and MIDS-JTRS
  • Describe Software Communications Architecture (SCA), the open-architecture framework to integrate hardware and software
  • Explain advanced Link 16 topics for modernized MIDS JTRS
  • Describe the key operational scenarios for MIDS-JTRS deployments
  • Describe JTRS waveform implementation, Waveform Application Code, Radio Set Devices and Radio System Applications
  • Identify the structure and operation of the JTRS, enabling programmable radios to load waveforms, run applications, and be networked into an integrated system.
  • Summarize the MIDS-JTRS system acquisition and session setup procedures

Course Topics

Overview of Link 16 and MIDS JTRS

  • Overview of Link 16
  • Key concepts behind Link 16 and MIDS
  • MIDS-LVT Enhancements
  • MIDS JTRS Key Concepts and Features
  • MIDS JTRS Architecture
  • Frequencies & Waveform
  • Role of Software Defined Radio (SDR) in Link 16 Terminals
  • Modernization consideration
  • Link 16 Modernization
  • Channel for Link-16, J-Voice, and TACAN
  • Programmable channels (JTRS waveforms)
  • Crypto Modification ready
  • Frequency Remapping included
  • Link-16 Enhanced Throughput (LET)

Key Operational Scenarios for MIDS-JTRS Deployment

  • MIDS-JTRS  Basic Capabilities
  • Host Platform Integration Requirements
  • Synchronization
  • Acquisition & Maintenance of System Time
  • Epochs, Frames and Timeslots
  • Network Participation Groups (NPG)
  • Principles of Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • DoD’s Software Communication Architecture (SCA)
  • Link 16 Architecture and Management
  • Link 16 Network Planning and Design
  • Related J series messages
  • Network Enabled Weapon (NEW)
  • Systems Engineering and Program Management
  • MIDS-JTRS System Acquisition and Session Setup Procedures
  • Embedded in Integrated Avionics F-35
  • Multi-Channel Terminals
  • Weapons and Small Platform

MIDS JTRS Signal Processing

  • Security and encryption
  • Secure Data Unit
  • Communications modes
  • Reed-Solomon Encoding and Decoding
  • Error correction
  • Cyclic Code Shift Keying (CCSK)
  • Continuous Phase Shift Modulation
  • Principles behind MSK
  • Frequency Hopping and TRANSEC

 MIDS JTRS Terminals 

  • Allocations of Link 16 STN, ID Set and time on/off task
  • Link 16 Design
  • Link 16 Network Initialization
  • Link 16 Network Management System (NMS)
  • Network Time Reference (NTR)
  • Synchronizing with an External Network Time Reference
  • Synchronization
  • Time quality
  • Active and passive Synchronization
  • External Time Reference Network (ETRN)
  • System Time Reference Network (STRN)
  • Frequency Remapping (FR)
  • Information Assurance Modernization (IAM)
  • Enhanced Throughput (ET)
  • Concurrent Multi-Netting (CMN)
  • Extended 1553 (E1553)

Link 16 JTRS Modernization

  • Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Baseline
  • MIDS-LVT (Low volume terminal): LVT (1), LVT(2), or LVT(3)
  • MIDS-JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System Terminals) Components: Link-16, J-Voice, and TACAN functionality
  • JTRS Link-16 Waveform
  • JTRS Software Communication Architecture (SCA)
  • MIDS-LVT with Block Upgrade 2 (BU2)
  • NSA MIDS JTRS TEMPEST Requirements
  • Crypto Modernization
  • Programmable Crypto
  • Link-16 enhanced throughput (ET)
  • Link-16 frequency remapping (FR)
  • IP Airborne Networking
  • Advanced Link 16 topics for modernized MIDS JTRS
  • Cryptographic Modernization (CM)

MIDS JTRS Case Studies

  • MIDS JTRS 4-Channel Radio
  • Concurrent Multi-Netting (CMN)
  • MIDS JTRS 4-Channel Radio Fielding
  • Simultaneous 4-Channel Operation for Link 16, TACAN, and Advanced Waveforms
  • Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24A
  • Link 16 + Secure VHF/UHF Line-of-Sight Networks at the Tactical Edge
  • BATS-D: Handheld Link 16 Radio
  • BATS-E: Embeddable, Very Low-SWaP Link 16 Radio
  • Link 16 Connection To satellites to Connect with “fighter aircraft like F-16,  and F-35, missile defense networks like PAC-3 and THAAD, weapons systems, and Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) networks





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